Sweet talk

I can’t boast about being a great cook. Some of my brutally honest friends will vouch for that. But I can’t help but gloat over my very successful attempt at making gajar ka halva (carrot halva) for a pot-luck lunch. Carrot halva is an extremely popular dessert served throughout India. It is made out of grated carrots, slowly cooked with milk over a low heat, flavored with nuts and raisins, infused with the aroma of crushed cardamoms. Mention the word to any Indian, and you will probably hear a heart-felt account of childhood memories involving cold winter days and a house smelling like heaven and mom cooking them their favorite dessert :)

I followed this recipe from Radhika‘s blog called ticklingpalates.com, which features a superb collection of Indian vegetarian recipes.

Fun fact: check out what Wikipedia talks about the etymology of the word halva – turns out ‘Halva’, or a slight variation of the word, used to describe some kind of sweet in about 30 different countries!

Update: Incidentally, my post is just apt for the Daily Post’s prompt – “Local Flavor“!

  

Symmetry

The Taj Mahal, an epitome of symmetry, a timeless symbol of love. This breath-taking marble mausoleum on the banks of the river Yamuna in Agra attracts some 3 million visitors each year. They say its vision is even more stunning on a full moon night making the marble shimmer and look somewhat ethereal.

P.S. More from the Weekly Photo Challenge here!

Sun or snow?

Finally the sun shone today after nearly a week of snowfall and grey skies. I took a walk by the water after lunch and found some ladies basking in the sun, or perhaps cooling off in the snow… it’s a tad confusing, dont you think? But whatever they are upto, they sure seem to like it.

Clicked at Liljeholmen, Stockholm.

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Have you met Jarnpojken?

Have you chanced upon Jarnpojken on a tour around Gamla Stan, the old town in Stockholm? Jarnpojken, the Iron Boy, is a tiny iron figure of a boy sitting down, hugging his knees close. He sits in the yard behind the Finnish Church in Gamla Stan. Like most kids, he is extremely cute, although a very quiet one. He might be a little lonely, sitting there all by himself, looking up at the moon, but visitors & tourists always make him feel special by bringing him presents of coins, candy, flowers and sometimes even hand-knit beanies to keep him safe from the cold!

Find your way to the Finnish Church by following this link on Google Maps. Although an obscure point to place a piece of art, it’s one of those offbeat spots that will definitely make you smile.